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Agriculture

  • Pigweed posing problems for state's soybeans

    By David Zoeller

    Kentucky Press New Service

    A couple of “members” of the pigweed family are causing problems for farmers locally and across the state.

    “The real problem issues are with soybeans,” said Jim Martin, a weed scientist with the University of Kentucky’s research and education center in Princeton. “It’s (pigweed) across the state. It started in western Kentucky along the river bottoms and found its way into central Kentucky as well as the rest of the state.”

  • Pasture and Grazing Management

    Pasture growth from mid-June to mid-August typically slows down greatly. As a result, producers should extend the length of time that pasture fields are rested between rotational grazings, and not graze as short to leave more leaf area for cool season grasses (mainly fescue and orchardgrass).

    Warm-season grasses (annuals and perennials) and deep-rooted legumes such as alfalfa, lespedeza or red clover, can be very useful during this time to rest cool season grass pastures and also to provide a break from the endophyte of infected tall fescue.

  • LaRue students attend ASSET

    Ashley Cottrell and Connor Jaggers, both of Magnolia, were among 26 students who attended Agriculture Students Striving for Effective Tomorrows (ASSET) Conference held June 14-18 in Bowling Green, Ky.

  • Lawson to retire from Ag Development Board

    Sam Lawson, a founding member of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, announced his retirement from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board after over 15 years of service. Lawson made his decision to not seek reappointment to the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board when his term expires in July. Lawson, the representative for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, will continue to serve until Governor Beshear appoints someone to take his place.

  • Sunglasses a necessity for any fishing trip

    Every angler has at one time or another forgotten something in their rush to leave for a fishing trip.

    It’s disheartening when that something is sunglasses. Squinting and shielding your eyes for hours takes some of the fun out of the experience.

  • Farm News

    Farmers Market

    The LaRue County Farmers Market will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays beginning June 18 through mid-August at 2533 Lincoln Farm Rd. in Hodgenville. Several vendors will be participating and meal options are available. Potential vendors may contact the Extension Office for more information, 270-358-3401. Stock up on local fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, beef, pork, goat and so much more.

    Split Fair

  • Bivens names to soybean promotion board

     Ryan Bivens, a soybean, corn and wheat farmer in Hodgenville, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board, which is the entity charged with investing Kentucky’s soybean checkoff dollars to create opportunities for increased profitability.

    Directors on this board serve as stewards of those funds, investing in production research, promoting animal agriculture, discovering and promoting new uses for soy-based products and keeping soybeans as a top-of-mind commodity with consumers.

  • Farmers hoping for resurgence of local farming by reinstating hemp

    rmers – Shelby Floyd from Upton and Matt Smith from Roanoke – are hoping for a resurgence of a strong local farming economy by area farmers reinstating hemp – a crop that hasn’t been grown here commercially for more than 60 years.

    Smith and Floyd, both 2011 LaRue County High School graduates, traveled to Colorado April 4 to the Northern Colorado Hemp Expo to learn more about the producing the plant commercially. They found that hemp is relatively easy to grow and quite versatile as it can be made into 25,000 products.

  • Blue mold in tobacco possible

    Blue mold in tobacco has been found in East Tenn-

    essee, and there is a possibility of spread into our area. It has been many years since blue mold has been a threat locally. Tobacco growers should take a proactive approach to the situation, and closely examine tobacco float beds and fields for signs of blue mold. Report any suspected activity to our office.

  • Flight risk : bird sales grounded

    State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout has enacted restrictions on bird sales and movement in Kentucky to protect Kentucky’s poultry industry and bird population from the current avian influenza outbreak.

    “We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution,” Dr. Stout said. “Poultry is Kentucky’s leading agricultural commodity, and we will do everything we can to keep our commercial and backyard poultry industries secure.”

    The Office of the State Veterinarian announced the following actions: